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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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Having a swing in time with the swing in planes, yeah alright so now in this exercise we are going to add the Box Art we are going to wrap the Box Art around these multiple planes something you couldn't do inside the first version of Vanishing Point but you can do it inside Vanishing Point 2.0 because it's such a hepcat. Alright so I am going to switch to this image chanceandmasks.tif, like you do it as well if you are working along with me then press Ctrl+A Ctrl+C that old yarn or press Command-A Command-C on the Macintosh side of things in order to copy that image to the clipboard and then return to the DVDcase.psd image and let's go ahead and make a new layer this time.
Bring up the Layers palette and then press Ctrl+Shift+N or Command-Shift-N on the Mac to bring up the new layer dialog box. Let's call this one Box Art where it words to that effect and click OK. Now my Layers palette is going to go away but I do have a new layer a new empty layer called Box Art, good to know. Now I am going to go up to the Filter menu and choose Vanishing Point and I am going to press Ctrl+V or Command-V on the Mac in order to pace the image into the Vanishing Point Filter here.
And now I will just drag it down and notice now for you it's going to look different probably. It's probably going to automatically wrap around all surfaces unless you have changed your default setting but here is the deal. I will click on this right pointing arrow head. Notice that I have turned off Allow Multi Surface Operations. Really don't want that to be the case in this specific image. I turned it off inside the gallery image. You may recall because I was having problems getting the images around those walls and I was going down that one hallway, didn't want to have that happen. So this time though I want to turn it on so that I can wrap the image onto multiple surfaces at a time so we get this effect right here which is glorious of course.
Now the Box Art is way too big so I want to go ahead and scale it but if I grab my Transform tool check it out I can't see any of my handles which makes it very difficult to scale this image and that's because the Vanishing Point Filter is gone ahead and clipped this image, clipped this art work to these surface edges so it's not going outside of the network of grids that I have setup. I am going to turn that option off for a moment so that I can gain access to my corner handles.
Then I will go ahead and scale down the Box Art. This just makes life a lot easier for doing the scaling anyway. I will go ahead and scale down that art work and I will scale it into place so I will scale it as big as it needs to be so that I still have the spine art along the spine. Right now the spine art work is going outside of the spine of the case and I definitely don't want that but I don't want the image going too far to the right either so at this point having made this manipulation here this modification and scale the image more or less the way I want it maybe I want to make it a little taller and this by the way is quite a complicated operation to pull off so you can expect that every time that you scale the image Photoshop is going to take a moment to calculate the modification here.
Alright now that I have scaled the image the way I want it I don't want it to exceed this right hand edge so I am going to go back to this right pointing arrow ahead and I am going to choose clip operations to surface edges in order to turn that function on. That's all there is to it can. Now I am going to go ahead and click the OK button in order to apply that modification in order to wrap that Box Art around this DVDcase. Finally we need a little bit of shading a little bit of lighting and shading going on here. And that's something that Vanishing Point cannot do it is not a 3D rendering application so instead we are going to have to add a little depth that I have created for you.
It's this depth layer right there, click on the layer and turn it on in order to see it apply to the image and you can see that this layer is set to the Multiply mode so that it's multiplying the shadows into the Box Art and that is it. That is all there is to it, so easy to do go ahead and press the F key a couple of times and tab away those palettes, so that you can see this realistically rendered Box Art on this DVDcase. Thanks in large part to the wondrous abilities of Vanishing Point 2.0 here inside Photoshop CS3.
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